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The first phase of the Square Kilometre Array at night.
Cover Story: What Is the SKA?
The Square Kilometre Array is an unprecedented international collaboration to build the world's largest radio telescope and address some of the most fundamental questions of modern science.
Artist's impression of SKA static, low frequency aperture arrays
Feature: Our Last-Gasp Share of Giant Telescope
What was the back story behind the decision to split the Square Kilometre Array between southern Africa and Australia?
The data volume flowing from the SKA can’t possibly be stored and kept long-term
Feature: NBN to Crunch SKA
The National Broadband Network will help scientists access the huge amounts of data generated by the Square Kilometre Array.
CSIRO's ASKAP antennas at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory
Feature: A Universe of Benefits
The Square Kilometre Array will not only bring new insights about the universe but also provide technological advancements and opportunities for industry and the wider public.
Credit: ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit
Feature: The First Galaxies in the Universe
By measuring the spatial distribution of cosmic hydrogen, the SKA will help to answer some of the biggest missing pieces in our knowledge of the universe’s history, including when the first galaxies formed and how they influenced the universe around them.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/VLA/MPIA
Feature: Cosmology and Galaxy Evolution with the SKA
The SKA will provide new insights into how galaxies are assembled over time, from the hydrogen gas that fills the universe to the properties of dark matter and dark energy that dominate the large-scale structure of the cosmos.
The giant radio galaxy Hercules A.
Feature: The Origin and Evolution of Cosmic Magnetism
Understanding the origin and evolution of magnetic fields in the universe is one of the great challenges of modern astrophysics. The unique capabilities of the SKA will provide astronomers with the best tools to explore how, when and where magnetic fields in the cosmos formed.
 CSIRO’s 64-metre Parkes radio telescope showing an extragalactic radio burst
Feature: The Transient Radio Sky
With the ability to scan the entire sky each night, the Square Kilometre Array will enable astronomers to catch transient events like gamma-ray bursts and fast radio bursts, as well as phenomena that are so short-lived they have never been detected.
A pulsar is the remnant core of a star that has undergone a supernova explosion.
Feature: Pulsars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
The SKA will be able to study thousands of pulsars in sufficient detail to detect gravity waves.
proto-planetary disk of dust and gas swirling around a newly formed star
Feature: The Cradle of Life: A Cosmic Search for Ourselves
The SKA will have an unprecedented capability to listen for traces of any advanced civilisations within 1000 light years of Earth, which encompasses hundreds of thousands of solar systems.
Credit: alexovicsattila/iStock
Feature: Big Data for Big Astronomy
The Square Kilometre Array will generate huge amounts of data. Can computing capacity keep up?
Browse: On the Way to the SKA
Expert Opinion: SKA Site Shared
After many months of deliberations, the Square Kilometre Array Organisation has announced that the massive telescope will be shared between Australia/NZ and South Africa.
Odd Spot: Discovering the unknown: the world's largest radio telescope
What did the Universe look like when the first galaxies formed? What is dark matter? And is there life out there? These are some of the big questions the Square Kilometre Array will be trying to answer.